Is Spatial Audio really a game changer for Apple Music?

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“The next generation of sound on Apple Music begins now with the official launch of Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio” went the email from Apple’s PR team last week.  Audio enthusiasts will...

How valuable is NZ’s EV ‘feebate’ compared to RoW?

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The Government has announced a ‘feebate’ to make low-carbon emission cars more affordable from 1 July 2021. A used fully electric car will receive up to NZ$3,450 while a brand new one...

We spent a day looking for Covid and Vaccine disinformation on Facebook: Here’s what...

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Like most of us who believe in science rather than crackpot conspiracy theories, I'd unfollowed the few Facebook friends who - out of the blue - started posting anti-vaccination rants.  But here...

Why our government should make paying ransoms to cyber criminals illegal

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Justice Minister Kris Faafoi has been in the headlines lately defending the proposed new hate speech laws. The laws sparked opprobrium from both the left and right, critics citing the limits...

Why Apple should care about silly superstitions

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Apple Month is nearly upon us! September has seen new iPhones unveiled for the past decade, with one small blip last year when a global pandemic did the unthinkable and pushed...

I’ve never had a VR injury, but I do have one embarrassing tech tale

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Not since Nintendo encouraged people to pretend the Wii remote was a bowling ball have there been so many TV-related accidents.  According to UK insurer Aviva, it saw a 31% year-on-year increase...

What Spotify’s live audio app Greenroom is really like…

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Spotify joined the live audio game last week with Greenroom.  It’s done via a reskinned Locker Room app that Spotify bought in March for an estimated $50 million USD. It now joins Twitter...

Smart glasses won’t be ubiquitous until they carry an Apple logo

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So, Facebook is the latest company to try and make smart glasses a thing that people would voluntarily pay money for and then put on their face. In public. Perhaps aware of its...

No Christmas for crypto

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If you’ve invested in cryptocurrency, checking your portfolio over the last few weeks won’t bring any seasonal joy. With few exceptions most currencies are down with bitcoin currently hovering around $46...

When Yahoo almost saved the world from Facebook

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Hard as it is to believe, there was a time when Yahoo nearly saved the world. Not with useful search results, you understand, but by purchasing – and presumably ruining –...